Did you know that the American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1-2014) has been updated and is available through AmericanHort? It’s true. Actually, the revised Standard was issued last year. First published in 1949 by the American Standards Association – the entity that became the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – the document has been revised to reflect today’s production standards and commercial market.
In its overview of the Standard, AmericanHort says this:
“The purpose of the American Standard for Nursery Stock is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock. For instance, the standards establish common techniques for (a) measuring plants, (b) specifying and stating the size of plants, (c) determining the proper relationship between height and caliper, or height and width, and (d) determining whether a root ball or container is large enough for a particular size plant. In other words, this book is a communication tool, and does not provide buyers with any assurance of the health or quality of the nursery stock being specified or sold.”
That last caveat notwithstanding, you can bet that your customers will trust in the quality of your material if you can assure them that your plants conform to the national Standard. We don’t expect them to read through the 100+ pages, but conformation to ANSI does mean care and quality, as well as attention to detail. It’s the mark of a responsible producer, and customers know that.
Download your copy here: http://americanhort.org/documents/ANSI_Nursery_Stock_Standards_AmericanHort_2014.pdf